C What’s On: The Criterion Channel’s June 2021 Lineup


It’s JUNE! Time flies… And this June, the Criterion Channel is set to focus on screwball shenanigans and supplementary spectacles with a ton of their “Criterion Edition” releases, featuring the sort of special features found on the Criterion Collection’s premium DVD and Blu-Ray releases. I mean, as if you needed an excuse to watch Scanners again.

Personally, I’m really excited to see Safe, Todd Haynes’ paranoia thriller starring Julianne Moore, who becomes sick with a strange illness… Maybe a little close to home these days! But as things seem to be getting better in this pandemic world, erring on the side of caution by staying safe at home with some movies ain’t a bad idea. And the Criterion Channel makes it simple this June.

Plus, when the good workers at Criterion are filling your early summer Saturdays with the likes of Zorro and A Cat in Paris, you’ve got top-tier treachery and ‘toons for the whole family. Who needs the outside! Especially as it starts to heat up!

However this June finds you, the Criterion Channel’s offerings should be a boon to any movie fan or film maniac looking to escape into a world of wonder or horror. Take your pick, the Channel is yours to browse.

Start a free trial over at the Criterion Channel to keep June joyous today!

* indicates programming available July 1
** indicates programming available only in the U.S.

June 1st

Carole Lombard: First Lady of Screwball

No Man of Her Own (1932), Virtue (1932), Twentieth Century (1934)*, Hands Across the Table (1935), My Man Godfrey (1936), Nothing Sacred (1937), True Confession (1937), In Name Only (1939), Vigil in the Night (1940), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Adventures in Moviegoing with Justin Simien

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One (1968), The Learning Tree (1969), Losing Ground (1982), Ethnic Notions (1986), Sidewalk Stories (1989), To Sleep with Anger (1990), Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Pride and Protest: The Films of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (1977), The Times of Harvey Milk (1984), The AIDS Show (1986), Common Threads: Stories from The Quilt (1989), Where Are We? Our Trip Through America (1992), The Celluloid Closet (1995), Paragraph 175 (2000), Howl (2010)

Bad Spaniard: 11 Scathing Satires by Luis García Berlanga

Berlanga Criterion

Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953), Boyfriend in Sight (1954), The Rocket from Calabuch (1956), Miracles of Thursday (1957), Plácido (1961), The Executioner (1963), La boutique (1967), Long Live the Bride and Groom (1970), Patrimonio nacional (1981), Nacional III (1982), Everyone Off to Jail (1993)

Starring Judy Holliday

Born Yesterday (1950)*, The Marrying Kind (1952), It Should Happen to You (1954), Phffft! (1954), Full of Life (1956), The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956), Bells Are Ringing (1960)


Criterion Collection Edition #836 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Russ Meyer, 1970)

Criterion Collection Edition #739 Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995)

Criterion Collection Edition #558 Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh, 1999)

Criterion June Christ

Criterion Collection Edition #1043 Christ Stopped at Eboli (Francesco Rosi, 1979)

Criterion Collection Edition #621 Rosetta (Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 1999)

Criterion June Scanners

Criterion Collection Edition #712 Scanners (David Cronenberg, 1981)

Criterion Collection Edition #66 The Orphic Trilogy (Jean Cocteau)


Downpour (Bahram Beyzaie, 1972)

Dos monjes (Juan Bustillo Oro, 1934)

Fragments of Seeking: Short Films by Curtis Harrington

The Fall of the House of Usher (1942), Fragment of Seeking (1946), On the Edge (1949), Picnic (1949), The Assignation (1953), The Wormwood Star (1956), The Four Elements (1966), Usher (2000)

June 2nd


CrJune Spoor

Spoor (Agnieszka Holland, 2017)

June 4th

Double Feature: French Connections

BPM (Beats Per Minute) - Official Trailer


BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo, 2017) and The Class** (Laurent Cantet, 2008)

June 5th


Criterion Zorro

The Mark of Zorro (Rouben Mamoulian, 1940)

June 7th

Queersighted: Breaking Taboos

SylviaScarlett (1935), Olivia (1951), Victim (1961), Teorema (1968), Cruising (1980), Freak Orlando (1981), Personal Best (1982), Tongues Untied (1989), Poison (1991), O Fantasma (2000)


The Queen (Frank Simon, 1968)

June 8th

Short + Feature: Black Masculinity Reframed
Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret) (Marlon Riggs, 1993) and #Blackmendream (Shikeith Cathey, 2014)

June 9th


Criterion Uniform

Mädchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan, 1931)

June 10th


The Middleman (Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, 2019)

June 11th

Double Feature: Truth, Justice, and the Fonda Way

Sidney Lumet On 12 ANGRY MEN

The Ox-Bow Incident (William A Wellman, 1943) and 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957)

June 12th


A Cat in Paris** (Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol, 2010)

June 14th


Francisca (Manoel de Oliveira, 1981)


The Singing, Dancing Documentaries of George T. Nierenberg

No Maps on My Taps (1979), Say Amen, Somebody (1982), About Tap (1985)

June 15th

Short + Feature: City Girls
Me the Terrible (Josephine Decker, 2012) and Zazie dans le métro (Louis Malle, 1960)

June 16th


Western Criterion June

Western (Valeska Grisebach, 2017)

June 17th

Three by John Waters

Multiple Maniacs (1970), Pink Flamingos (1972), Female Trouble (1974)

June 18th

Double Feature: Leather Bound
Tom of Finland (Dome Karukoski, 2017) and Daddy and the Muscle Academy (Ilppo Pohjola, 1991)

June 19th


Tales of the Night** (Michel Ocelot, 1992)

June 21st

Three Starring Jane Russell

Criterion June Russell

His Kind of Woman (1951), Macao (1952), The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)

June 22nd

Short + Feature: Living for the Music
Love You More (Sam Taylor-Johnson, 2008) and Gypsy 83 (Todd Stephens, 2001)

June 23rd


Criterion June Aya

Aya of Yop City** (Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie, 2013)

June 24th

Robert Downey: Moment to Moment

Babo 73 (1964), Chafed Elbows (1966), No More Excuses (1968), Putney Swope (1969), Greaser’s Palace (1972), Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight (1975)

June 25th

Double Feature: Japan Gone Wild
Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto, 1969) and Crazed Fruit (Kō Nakahira, 1956)

June 26th


Heidi (Allan Dwan, 1937)

June 29th

Criterion June Bong

Incoherence (Bong Joon-ho, 1994)

June 30th


Freak Orlando (Ulrike Ottinger, 1981)

Source: Criterion